Compact, Wideband, Single or Dual Antenna Geolocation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$69,951.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
W15P7T-07-C-P422
Solitcitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Number:
2006.2
Branch:
Army
Award Year:
2007
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
A062-110-2777
Solicitation Topic Code:
A06-110
Small Business Information
FIRST RF CORP.
4865 Sterling Drive, Suite 100, Boulder, CO, 80301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
125961123
Principal Investigator
 Farzin Lalezari
 Principal Investigator
 (303) 449-5211
 flalezari@firstrf.com
Business Contact
 Theresa Boone
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (303) 449-5211
Email: tboone@firstrf.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The current conflict in the Middle East has been the impetus behind tremendous advances in Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Electronic Warfare systems, algorithms and hardware. While most of the EW systems in use are vehicle based, such as the Army CREW II system, a major thrust towards capability of the individual soldier is required in order to maintain ground superiority. A particular area of interest addressed in this proposal is a compact, wideband, portable system for Geolocation of RF signals of interest. The key elements of the system are antennas, receivers, and algorithm / processor. A portable system poses many challenges. The instantaneous broad bandwidth of the antenna requires innovative antenna design. The vicinity of the user can significantly deteriorate the received signals, and as a result the Geolocation accuracy. Another major issue is adapting the current Geolocation algorithms that are based on data from omni directional probes rather than realistic installed antenna patterns. Finally miniaturization of the components and in particular the antenna is another challenge that needs to be addressed. A key element of our proposal is a suite of wearable, deployable and concealed antennas and RF products that individually and collectively serve as GeoLocation and SIGINT sensors.

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